JD Certificate Programs

The John Marshall Law School's JD certificate programs offer JD candidates the opportunity to develop further competitive distinction at the JD level. All certificates are designed to serve the candidate as a guide for selecting electives in specific areas of study, and to develop the courtroom-ready skills that employers seek in career applicants.

JD Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

The JD Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution distinguishes JD graduates by honing their practical skills in arbitration, client counseling, mediation, and negotiation. In addition to designated and elective coursework, degree candidates must complete an approved externship in order to earn the certificate.

JD Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

The JD Certificate in Intellectual Property Law offers JD candidates seeking to practice intellectual property law professional distinction by developing a concentrated understanding in either patent law or general intellectual property law issues. In addition to the required courses, certificate candidates can tailor their course selections to meet their career goals by selecting courses dealing with advanced patent law topics, trademark and copyright law, entertainment and cultural property issues, information technology, and/or international intellectual property rights.

JD Certificate in International Human Rights Law

The JD Certificate in International Human Rights Law offers JD candidates degree distinction in human rights law. In addition to required courses in international law, candidates will select specialized elective courses addressing constitutional law, human rights issues in specific geographic regions, and issues of gender, race, and sexual orientation, as they pertain to human rights.

JD Certificate in Sustainability

The JD Certificate in Sustainability offers degree candidates competitive specialization in the emerging, interdisciplinary area of sustainability and its increasing importance in real estate, environmental, and regulatory legal work. In addition to required courses in energy law, environmental law, local government law, real estate transactions, and sustainability in modern real estate transactions, candidates will tailor their specialization with electives from a broad range of disciplines.

JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy

The JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy provides degree candidates career distinction in litigation by developing practical courtroom-ready skills. In addition to designated coursework, degree candidates seeking the trial advocacy certificate will benefit from completing an approved externship (requiring a 711 license) that hones the candidate's practical courtroom experience.